What happened this day in history August 16

What are the important events that happened on August 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 16 is the 228th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,098,560 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosaoctagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 162 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,429 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 16 Historical Events

  • 1780
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden – The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.
  • 1793
    French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
  • 1896
    Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • 1906
    An estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hits Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people.
  • 1913
    Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
  • 1913
    Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tōhoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
  • 1920
    The congress of the Communist Party of Bukhara opens. The congress would call for armed revolution.
  • 1929
    The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
  • 1946
    Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
  • 1960
    Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

Who were born on August 16?

  • 1820
    Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician (d. 1892)
  • 1868
    Bernarr McFadden, American publisher (d. 1955)
  • 1948
    Barry Hay, Indian-born Dutch singer (Golden Earring)
  • 1950
    Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • 1956
    Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • 1968
    Mateja Svet, Slovenian alpine skier
  • 1975
    Didier Agathe, French footballer
  • 1982
    Tomohiro Ito, Japanese sprinter
  • 1986
    Chris Reynolds, Welsh DJ
  • 1991
    G.E.M., Hong Kong singer

Who died on August 16?

  • 1532
    John, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)
  • 1899
    Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)
  • 1911
    Patrick Francis Moran, Irish-Australian cardinal (b. 1830)
  • 1921
    King Peter I of Serbia (b. 1844)
  • 1938
    Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
  • 1938
    Robert Johnson, American blues singer and guitarist (b. 1911)
  • 1956
    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
  • 1959
    William Halsey Jr., American Navy Admiral (b. 1882)
  • 2005
    William Corlett, English children’s author (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Dewey Robertson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1939)

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